The gates of heaven bent slightly on their hinges Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the reunion of Mildred Lockamy Reed with her son and a slew of family. She was 92.
Mildred was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Norfolk to John Lockamy and Lillian Redding.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Samuel Schwartz and Benjamin Reed; cherished son, Samuel Schwartz Jr.; two brothers, Archer and John Lockamy; and sister, Eunice Marcinko.
She is survived by nieces, Millie Whitehurst and Cathy Kadash; and nephew, Joe Marcinko. Mildred graduated from Maury High School and Virginia Wesleyan University and later worked at Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Her passion for a good party went back to before World War II. She even dated one of the band members from the Tommy Dorsey Band. Her love for the game of Bridge also extended throughout her life.
After retirement, she played the role of nanny to a host of local families, more Mrs. Doubtfire than Mary Poppins, cementing those relationships into lifelong friendships. She volunteered with Norfolk Academy, Norfolk Sister City Association and was a supporter and board member of Tidewater Literacy Council.
Upon the death of her son, Sammy, his friends became hers. Mildred carried on surrounded by thespians, writers and urbane wags. To her friends and family, Mildred will be remembered for her sharp mind, plainspoken wit, eruptive laugh and inexorable energy. She was a moveable feast.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1264 Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. The Rev. Ned Alderman from Epworth United Methodist Church will be presiding.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or any charity of your choice.
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